Over the holidays I wasn't able to get much hobby time in, but now that the schedule is cleared up, its was time to put the brush to to some minis. I finished up the core of the wolves and so here they are.
Since the idea with this army was to expand my hobby skill set, of course we needed weathering powders. I posted the rhinos a little while back, but even with the paint chip, they just weren't finished. Now these are some messy, 10,000 year old rhinos.
I used forgeworld weathering powders mud and soot. I had four done but there was a tragic clear coat accident involving testor's dull coat and rubbing alcohol. On the thicker areas I think the alcohol was still there a little so it caused the dull coat to frost just those spots, then I went back to just re-powder those spots and when I dropped the alcohol on it ate the dull coat and turned it white. It was a disaster.
This is my long fang wolfguard. I painted him as a single model and put more effort into the small details. I like how he turned out. With the hair and face I'm finding myself leaning a lot more on washes than multiple layers of thin color. It saves so much time and looks just fine.
My intention with the axe was to fade it and glow effect the runes and that didn't work out. I ended up doing a slight lightning effect and glow effect. It ended up that it was so messy, you can't tell there isn't anything that works on it and turned into a mottled effect.
Here is each squad with a seperate shot of their banner. Like I said in past posts, I wanted each banner to be simple, individual, and black based. I googled wolf images and Nordic art and space wolf designs by other players and mashed it all together to get what you see.
This was a sweet accident. I broke one of the banners and as I was pinning it thought to myself how much better it would be to not have the giant banner when I was trying to pack up the mini's in their bag. Then I thought this would save me so much "you used that banner" argument time and bad feelings. Now when i use the banner, I just remove it.
I like this guy. For the most part all of the chaos bits were painted red, because most of the armor they'd be piecing together was from thousand sons, so this helmet was painted red. After wards I was reminded of that red skull villian from superman.
At gencon I took a painting class with Markia Reimer (The crystal brush winner from adepticon) I talked to her about freehand stuff and she was like "If its in a fold just don't try and paint it." It was one of those 'duh!' ideas that I'm finding more and more in advance hobby work. The theory behind it is two things; one, you'll never twist the model around to look in those folds to see the freehand. Second, if you do notice it, without knowing it isn't there your brain with continue the pattern and just think its in deep shadow. Obviously if you try to look closely you'll realize it wasn't painted, but at a quick inspection you'll get tricked. I used that theory in this banner.
Now that to core is done I'll leave off with a teaser of what I have planned next. Yeah, that's a wolf priest on a bike....
He's waiting for his swift claw brothers and fellow rune priest. Rawr!